I promise this is the last post from me this week. I had a lot to get out there before the end of the year! Can you believe it's already the end? Where did you go 2013? It's been a good year and I'm going to miss it, but I'm also ready to kick start the new year!
I plan on doing a 365 day project of me. So that would be taking a photo of my face every day next year... the catch, I'm not posting it to Buzznet until the end of the year. (I'm sorry I just won't have time to get on every day, I hope you understand! BUT I wil still be trying to come on every week because remember that is one of my goals for 2014!)
Now onto my blog because this month is a big one! I had to cut some of the things from the end because it was just too long. I should have broken it up, but well I wasn't thinking straight lol :p
Dragon’s Oath by: P.C & Kristin Cast: This is a short novella from the House of Night series. In this novella you get to see the in depth of the life of Dragon Lankford. You learn not only about his life, but about his love life, and the person in which he falls in love with. It’s a cute little book that gives you the inside on this major character. The novella was written the same way the House of Night novels are set up. The authors also left clues to what will come in following novels. Overall it was a good insight to other characters who you don’t normally get insight from.
Last Breath by: Rachel Caine: The 11th book in the Morganville Vampires series. In this novel, everything just takes a sudden plot twist. It’s been humans versus the vampires for a long time now, but now something that can defeat vampires has come to town to make everything change, and not for the better. Claire almost gets turned into a vampire, Michael almost dies, and Shane thinks about dying. It’s the novel with the most drama, and the most plot twists since the beginning. You the reader have no idea what is going on, or what will happen and you lose yourself in the writing. The ending is like a cliffhanger that sets us up for the next book.
Reached by: Ally Condie: The third, and final book in the Matched trilogy. In the last book, Cassia, Ky, and Xander are on their way to trying to find a cure the help everyone who is dying of a plague. Not only are they trying to figure out a cure, they are figuring out their lives for the future, and fighting the Society, which turned into the Rising. In the end all the questions are answered and we, the readers, aren’t left wondering what will happen in the end. It was a great series about our world, and what could really happen to our society. It was very fast paced so reading it was easy and the story flowed well together. Just a little tid-bit; the colours and the girl on the cover have meaning, and give reference to the story.
Shine by: Lauren Myracle: When Patrick Truman was attacked, the town of Black Creek thought it to be awful, but no one cared to find out who did it. It wasn’t until his former best friend Cat started digging around did the truth come out. It’s a mystery novel that has the reader guessing, and thinking about who did it. If you read really closely you could figure it out from half way through, it’s not difficult with a small town and limited characters. Though the author tries to throw the reader through loops to try and get you to think otherwise, it’s a clever novel that is heartwarming, and just a little religious. The plot development moved rather quickly making it easy and enjoyable to read.
The Age of Miracles by: Karen Thompson Walker: The story of a girl, who is reaching puberty, in a time when everything is going wrong. Things are malfunctioning, the hours in a day are getting longer, and radiation is a big issue. That is all part of the slowing. This little girl Julia has to grow up in all of it and find herself, and figure out who she is. The novel was well written with a lot of purple prose, which gave it that literary feel that makes you want to read it. The novel really made you think about where our world is heading with all the things mentioned in the book is intensified. It’s a really great read that makes you think.
The Help: This is a film about the help, or the maids back in the late 50s early 60s. The help do everything for the families and all they get in return is rude remarks. It isn’t until a white girl Skeeter, played by Emma Stone, wants to write an article on their perspective. This causes uproar, but in the end it can truly set them free. The film was exceptional. The actors played their roles so well that you felt it was real. The meaning behind the film was there and you felt it through the characters and how they were portrayed. It was all about the characters in this film, and they did a great job. Overall, it is worth checking out.
Neferet’s Curse by: P.C & Kristen Cast: Another novella that branches out from the House of Night novels. In this one we go into the past to see where Neferet comes from. It starts when her mother passes away, and she is left in the care of her father, which is not very good. He pretends she is his wife and not his daughter, all she wants do is get away. This novella made you feel bad for Neferet. She is the enemy in the novels and now you feel like she has been the one being picked on. It reverses the roles and shows why she turned evil in the first place. It was very interesting to read and to find out more about one of the main characters.
A Monster Calls by: Patrick Ness: A tale of a boy who is on the verge of loosing his mother to a disease not mentioned, but it sounds like cancer. Everyone is telling him she’ll be fine and so he believes them. It isn’t until one day he meets the monster who he thinks will save his mother, but he goes crazy when the monster won’t do anything but tell him tales. These tales are to teach him life lessons, and maybe not to just teach the boy in the story, but the reader reading it too. It was a story about going through difficult situations in life and how you deal with them. Metaphors are used to keep the reader, especially a younger audience, into the book, and make it interesting. Overall, it’s a really good novel.
Frozen: The story of two sisters, one with magical powers, and the other an ordinary girl. One day her powers are too much for her and she hurts her sister causing her to hide away that is until she becomes the queen. She lashes out in public, and it’s up to her sister, Anna, to save the town, and her sister, Elsa. The movie was as cute as a Disney movie can be. You have the good guys, the bad guys, and your comic relief fellows, who in this film happen to be a snowman. The film is heartwarming, even though it makes you feel cold with all the snow and ice. It’s a great movie about true love, and not just in the romantic kind of way!
Where Things Come Back by: John Corey Whaley: It’s a complex tale of two people, one who is on his pathway to God, the other his pathway to figuring out his future. When Cullen Witter’s younger brother Gabriel goes missing, his family and friends go crazy. As you get into the novel you realize how everything is connected in its strange “fate” kind of way. This novel is incredible. The plotline is so thought out that you would never guess how any of it would end. Though the ending itself wasn’t the best ending since it leaves the reader questioning a lot, but it’s to prove the point of life, and that leaves everyone questioning.
Lenobia’s Vow by: P.C & Kristin Cast: A third novella from the House of Night series. This one tells the story of Lenobia, a professor at the house of night who is closest to Zoey the main character. This, like the past novellas tell the story of Lenobia’s life before she was turned into a vampire. The story was gripping and wonderful. It made you believe in love, no matter who you are. It is a cute little side story giving more detail to the House of Night series and the characters that have become prominent characters.
Saving Mr. Banks: The story of how Mary Poppins came to be, and the reasons behind why Walt Disney wanted to make it a movie. It was a fantastical film filled with emotion. Tom Hanks played Walt Disney very well. The characters were all played exceptionally, as well they all went through challenges and changes throughout the film, which made the film and plotline move. The movie was a long one and they could have gotten to the end quicker, but the good thing about having the film long, they could make character development better. Overall, it was an incredible film with a great concept.
Black Dawn by: Rachel Caine: The twelfth book in the Morganville Vampires series. The draugs are still out there trying to kill off all the vampires and humans to create a new race of draugs. It’s up to Claire and her friends to save Morganville from these things and try to restore the town as best as possible. This novel, like the last couple have different points of view from different characters. This book had points of view from new characters to keep the story interesting and new. The details the author puts into her books makes it that more enjoyable as well. For a twelfth book it still felt as good as one of the first!
Now You See Me: A movie of magic tricks. Four magicians make elaborate plans to pull off incredible magic tricks, that aren’t really magic tricks. They’re more like illusions. So now the cops are after them for theft. The movie is interesting in the aspect of having to go through all that work to make a magic trick look real. But otherwise the plotline was boring and wasn’t very interesting. The scenes where they do the tricks, or explain how they were done are the most interesting scenes. Overall, it’s a long drawn out movie about magic. You’ll just have to watch to find out if they got caught or not!
Carrie by: Stephen King: Carrie is different. Everyone makes fun of her because of how different she is. Her mother is religious beyond belief. One day, one of the girls wants her to belong, but that doesn’t turn out be a good thing. Prom night everything goes to hell. The novel is gripping and you can’t put it down it’s that good. It’s written in that creepy sense that the Shining was written in that gives it that goose bump read. Overall, it was so worth the read if you’re into horror novels!
That's it for me! I told you it was long! What have you guys been reading, or watching?
Happy New Year's to all!
See you guys in the new year!